A little history
The region passed from Indian to Colonial possession by purchase on October 28, 1664, for "twenty fathoms of trading cloth, two made coats, two guns, two kettles, ten bars of lead and twenty handfuls of powder."
Summit's earliest settlers came around 1710, drawn by the abundance of timber for building cabins, rabbits for food and pelts, plentiful turkey, and a fertile valley for growing wheat and corn. The Passaic River was full of fish to eat and made boat transportation easy.
In 1837, the railroad came over the "The Summit" hill, changing Summit from a cozy farming community populated by about 300 people to a more commercial and industrial town. After the Civil War, Summit became a summer resort area because of its crisp, clean mountain air and proximity to New York City. Summit attracted extremely wealthy people who built extensive summer estates. Many Summit residents have attributed significantly to the world's business, industrial and government affairs over the years.